Tech’s Top Refugee Ban Critics Set To Meet Trump

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President Donald Trump plans to meet with several CEOs of major U.S. companies at the White House Friday, and the administration’s executive orders on immigration restrictions will likely be discussed since at least two of the business leaders oppose the policy.

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, who is set to attend the meeting, according to Reuters, wrote in an email to employees that he would discuss his objection to the executive orders directly with Trump.

“While every government has their own immigration controls, allowing people from all around the world to come here and make America their home has largely been the U.S.’s policy since its founding,” Kalanick wrote in the email, which he later published on Facebook. “That means this ban will impact many innocent people—an issue that I will raise this coming Friday when I go to Washington for President Trump’s first business advisory group meeting.”

Kalanick used the majority of his message to justify why he decided to work with Trump since he has been externally and internally criticized for it. (RELATED: Uber Senior Exec Calls Trump ‘Deplorable’)

“But whatever the city or country—from the U.S. and Mexico to China and Malaysia—we’ve taken the view that in order to serve cities you need to give their citizens a voice, a seat at the table,” he continued. “I understand that many people internally and externally may not agree with that decision, and that’s OK. It’s the magic of living in America that people are free to disagree.”

Tech magnate Elon Musk, who is also expected to attend the meeting, expressed his disapproval for Trump’s executive orders.

Musk and Kalanick are both members of Trump’s Strategic and Policy Forum.

Several other big tech companies and their executives have condemned Trump’s immigration restrictions, including Apple CEO Tim Cook and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, who are reportedly considering legal action to counter the travel ban. (RELATED: Apple CEO Considering Legal Action To Combat Trump’s Immigration Restrictions)

In fact, several tech bigwigs were supposed to get together Tuesday to discuss potential recourse to fight Trump’s immigration orders, including legal avenues.

Other companies anticipated to attend the president’s business advisory panel are: JPMorgan Chase, General Motors, Blackstone, IBM, Walt Disney, Walmart, and Boeing, according to Reuters and an Axios report. (RELATED: Google Boss: Trump Admin Is Going To Do ‘Evil Things’)

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